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RELEASE: Gap implicated in major right violations in Bangladesh

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights |  By  | October, 03 2013 |  Share  | Source Article

 

 

INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL LABOUR & HUMAN RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT:  Charles Kernaghan, Barbara Briggs

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012                          412 417 9384

 

New Report Details Major Rights Abuses...

GAP IS MAJOR BUYER IN BANGLADESH FACTORY THAT REQUIRES 15-17 HOUR WORK DAYS & CHEATS ON OVERTIME PAY

Recent Promises to Curb Illegal Practices
Continue to Ring Hollow

Mandatory fifteen to seventeen hour shifts for seven days a week, falsified pay stubs, cheating workers out of fifteen percent of wages owed are the norm in a Bangladesh factory where Gap is the major buyer according to a new, carefully documented report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLHR), a leading, U.S.-based labor rights watchdog organization with an office in Bangladesh. Top management at the Next Collections factory, owned by one of Bangladesh's major apparel and textile conglomerates, the Hameem Group, authorized the excessive overtime requirements, and established an off-the-books cash payment scheme in order to underpay workers for their overtime hours, thereby shortchanging the factory's 3,750 workers by over $400,000 per year according to IGLHR's calculations based on pay stubs and other company documents. Women's maternity benefits were routinely denied, as well.

The revelations come in the wake of a series of deadly factory fires and the Rana Plaza building collapse to which Gap has responded with promises to police its suppliers more conscientiously. "It is hard to believe that after decades of doing business in Bangladesh and claiming to monitor its suppliers closely, that Gap was unaware of its supplier's practices and the horrifying conditions imposed upon the people sewing their clothing lines. The best one might say is that Gap is incompetent and failed to supervise its monitors adequately, but it is far more likely that Gap simply ignored and suppressed what its monitors reported. Either way, it calls into question the reliability of any of the company's recent promises," said Charles Kernaghan, IGLHR's director.

 

 

 

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